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Gene Warner has been a Buffalo News reporter for 36 years.


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They started out as Jacksonville fans. After all, the Jaguars were the designated home team against the Buffalo Bills last October, and all fans entering Wembley Stadium found Jags flags on their seats. By the end of the game, though, British residents Matthew and Claire Wild had become Bills fans – thanks to the efforts of an Orchard Park couple sitting a row in front …

Bills

The Buffalo Bills’ battle against the New York Jets on Thursday promises to be a challenging night for the locals, with the game marking the team’s home opener, a nationally broadcast night game and a clash against a division rival.But we’re not just talking about the challenges facing Bills players and coaches.We’re talking about the tough test facing law enforcem…

Bills

At the recently renamed New Era Field, a new era of anti-terrorist security dawns for the tens of thousands of football fans who flock to Buffalo Bills games in Orchard Park.During all home games, Bills fans will see a couple of dozen SWAT team members, dressed in green fatigues and toting rifles as they patrol the stadium.It also will be hard to miss 16 explosive-detectin…

Buffalo

Fifty names grace the list of Buffalo’s fallen police officers, from Officer Patricia A. Parete who died in 2013 to Policeman George Dill, who was killed in 1865.Maybe there should be a 51st name on the list: Edward C. Obertean.These facts are not in dispute:Obertean was gunned down in a shootout on Buffalo’s East Side on Aug. 31, 1924. His killer was a Ku Klux Klan of…

Local News

She still has the shirt, a white short-sleeved shirt bearing the soot stains.Lisa Amatura hasn’t washed that shirt for 15 years.It’s a symbol, a painful reminder of Sept. 11, 2001. But it also is a reminder of her survival during the worst terrorist act in our nation.It’s the shirt Amatura wore the day the planes hit. The shirt she held to her face as she fled down 7…

Buffalo

Got a story?It could be a story about two old Army buddies reminiscing about their military service.Or two siblings telling about a loved one who has died.Or even a little girl just learning that her mother was in prison when she gave birth to her.It also could be something much more mundane, but still a good story.StoryCorps, the 13-year-old national oral-history initiati…

An 82-year-old woman living in a Delaware Avenue nursing home died Monday three days after she was beaten when she mistakenly wandered into a male resident’s room in the facility, authorities confirmed Wednesday morning.The apparent beating occurred at about 9 a.m. Friday in the Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1175 Delaware Ave., near West Ferry Street…

Lackawanna police believe they have ended an unusual recent crime spree, after arresting a burglary suspect accused of breaking into his neighborhood gas station a total of six times this month.Detectives say the accused thief lived so close to the Mobil station on South Park Avenue – less than a quarter mile away – that he’d walk to the scene of the crime and back, …

Archives

Benghazi.It’s become the code word, the symbol, for any Hillary Clinton bashers accusing her of a deadly combination of ineptitude and unscrupulous behavior as America’s secretary of state.First, of course, “Benghazi” means the death of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in an attack on their Benghazi compound in September 2012. The code word also s…

Bills

The hand-held wands are mostly gone. In their place are walk-through metal detectors at every gate.That’s the biggest change in game-day security for Buffalo Bills fans entering Ralph Wilson Stadium this year, and it starts Saturday at the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.While that’s the most noticeable change in fans’ game-day routines, many fans and…

Weather

You have to go back 75 years, to the summer before Pearl Harbor, to find a drier spring and summer in the Buffalo area. Just months before the United States entered World War II in 1941, a mere 9 inches of rain fell on Buffalo from March through July, compared to the 9.07 inches of rain that fell over the same period this year. In fact, dating back to 1871, this year now…

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Both are former police officers who know the job’s dangers. To them, “violence in the streets” is more than a cliche.But Scott W. Phillips, a SUNY Buffalo State criminal justice professor, and Thomas H. Burton, a Buffalo defense attorney, have different takes on the latest police proposal – whether patrol officers should be armed with high-powered rifles.In Dallas …

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They almost wrote a storybook tale – a Miracle on Water – this scrappy, undersized crew hailing from the West Side, North Buffalo and South Buffalo.Thrown together a mere 11 days before the U.S. Olympic trials in 1956, the West Side Rowing Club four-man boat with coxswain shocked the national rowing community by rallying from six lengths back to edge a more experienced…

The survey results bore some troubling news: Buffalo residents don’t believe that police respect minorities.The community survey conducted by Open Buffalo, a local movement for social and economic justice, found that 60 percent of city respondents thought that police don’t respect “people of color.”That one statistic made it near the top of all three main Buffalo t…

Following twin attacks that have killed eight police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., this month, the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association on Monday renewed its effort to arm patrol officers with high-powered rifles.“We’re hoping the administration will recognize that we’re woefully underpowered as far as firepower,” PBA First Vice President John T. Evans …